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  • Intro to Watercolors; Beginner Basics

    Step into the world of watercolors with me, and learn some basics to get your started creating your own masterpieces!

  • Intro to Painting Water; The Basics

    In this 3-hour course, Terry will guide you step-by-step on how start painting some simple bodies of water in watercolor. She will teach you how to mix the colors, create movement and depth, and how to paint some simple ocean waves. You will also learn how to paint reflections in water. Previous experience in watercolor is needed for this class. This class is for ages 15 and up, and all materials are provided! Terry is known for her dramatic seascapes, so these classes will fill up quickly - check out her portfolio on this site to see some examples.

  • Into to Urban Sketching; The Basics

    In this 4 hour course, Terry will introduce you to the exciting world of urban sketching! You will start out in the studio to learn about the supplies, how to use them, then do a little practice. Terry will then take you out in the neighborhood in the South Front district, and teach you how to urban sketch out in the field. Urban sketching is about capturing the energy and wonder of the scene before you; sketching from real life! You will learn about picking a focal point, composition, scale and perspective, and how to actually execute your urban sketch. You will be working in watercolors and pens, but she will go over other mediums that are great to use in the field. In this class, there will be a lot of learning and a ton of fun! Learn a new skill that you could use anytime, anywhere; a way to capture the world around you in a dynamic, little sketch!

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  • Talking through all the Pain(T)

    “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper Art has always been a transformative force in my life, providing solace and a creative outlet during challenging times in my life. The act of creating has not only saved my sanity but also brought me immense peace and helped me navigate through many difficult situations. It's a powerful form of self-expression that has truly shaped my identity and brought true self-awareness into my life. Art, especially line and wash, helps me capture and tap into the spirit of the crazy, yet brilliant world around me. Creating helps me vocalize what's happening around me and many times, what is happening inside of me. For me, creating art is an intimate, safe avenue for me to express my feelings, whether self-imposed or influenced by the ebb and flow of life around me. It is honestly one of the rare times I actually feel comfortable enough to be completely vulnerable and open; it helps me often to feel a connection to the outer world because I have difficulty with that. It is my truest voice when I am too broken and sad to speak or even when I am so happy, so excited, that the words come tumbling out in an awkward, rushed jumble. Art plays such an integral role in my life; it helps me alter my perspective of living and thriving. In creating, I need no words, no proper grammar, no fancy jargon - I just need my brush, a pen, and lots of colors to let you know what is circling in my head, what I am seeing with my eyes, and what I am feeling in my soul.

  • The Update Chronicles: Exploring the Latest in My Crazy Art World

    I don’t even know where to start with this tale of the roller coaster ride I have been on in the last year! I will start where my fried brain can remember, ha! First, in 2023, one of my urban sketches was used by Brunswick Beer and Cider on their tee shirts! You know how much I adore being a part of the urban sketchers - it’s one of my biggest passions! Second, I was interviewed (me, who doesn’t interview well because I am eternally goofy and awkward) by Raleigh Voyage Magazine. That was one of the most surreal moments for me - to have a printed editorial spread of my interview and photos mailed to me! Now, onto one of the biggest things still happening to me - I am working with an amazing author out of PA, Craig Jones, and illustrating his children’s book!  I have already gained so much on this project, from learning about the publishing world and how it works, to how much creativity I really do have locked inside my heart. This is both a blessing and a grand adventure that I am on, and I hope this will be the beginning of many new adventures in illustrating! Next, I had my very first solo exhibition at the fantastic Sublimina Studio in the Cargo District in Wilmington. Now, THAT was a learning experience - both nerve-wracking, hard work, and buckets of fun! HUGE shout-outs and thanks to Bryan of Sublimina and two of my besties, Heather and Debbie - you guys are the real, behind-the-scenes MVPs!! After all that chaos, I have been in a couple of other shows, made new art, and connected with so many artists in our great Cape Fear arts community, which has been awesome-sauce. The latest news I have for you guys is that when I am not working on the book, I am now offering private watercolor lessons in my studio at TheArtworks! To be honest with you, I probably should have gone to school to be an art teacher - I just LOVE to teach others about the vibrant world of art! I am such a nerd when it comes to making out my lesson plans and even my take-home pdf's. What a dork! I cannot wait to teach my first student. If you are interested in taking one of my classes, hit me up at! At least you know I will be annoyingly enthusiastic about it. Oh yes, don’t forget that Fourth Friday is coming up on 2.23, from 6pm - 9pm - I will be in my studio, serving up snacks, drinks, and hopefully some laughs ( awkward laughs at me, with me, who really knows?)! I will also be giving away some stuff and having a sale on some of my art. That's all folks, at least for now! Stay tuned for the next episode of the Terry G Studio Show! Peace and love, peeps.

  • Welcome to The Very Terry Art Show!

    Welcome all! I am your blog host and Wilmington artist, Terry Ganey, and on this crazy show, we are going to be taking a peek into my world – my world of soul-searching, pencil-smudging, paint-splattering, and canvas-ripping; my art and soul. Let me open up this show by telling you a bit about myself. I am a completely self-taught artist that has the pleasure of living on the east coast of NC, which basically means - I am lucky enough to enjoy the beauty of the ocean, a little city-life, and the peaceful country at the same time. All of these unending muses in the Carolinas influence my art – I love capturing the fierceness of the untamed ocean, the architecture of a lively city, and the quiet beauty of a backwoods (which is where I grew up). I have been drawing for as long as I remember, and apparently even longer still. My kindergarten teacher, sweet Mrs. Jacobs, who I have kept in contact with throughout the years, swears I drew some mittens and a chicken for class story time. (Now wondering, did she mean the chicken was wearing the mittens? On what? It’s feet?) I swear I do not remember either. Although I have always been drawing, painting, or doing something artsy - I did, for a time, get away from my one true love. I let life’s angry tides carry me far away from my safe haven of artistic dwelling. But yeah, you probably figured out the story; I got my art groove back. As I neared my 40’s, I panicked for some reason and decided I was going to have an early mid-life crisis. I chopped my hair all off, dyed it bright red (apparently with accidental pops of pink in it), and decided I wasn’t going to spend the rest of my life working in a job that truly did not make me as happy as I am when making my art. I mean, what kind of legacy was I leaving for my children? As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life’. Now, here I am, making a go of the old classic, ‘follow your heart’ deal. Its scary, its a bit overwhelming sometimes (I am definitely not a big crowds person), but it's liberating at the same time. All I know at this point is that I am overwhelmingly in love with art - I love creating it, talking about it, and I love it when people get that about me. Welp, that’s all folks for today! Just don’t forget to stay tuned and catch up with me on my next adventure! Questions? Comments? Hey, even concerns? Feel free to email me here at or you can contact me via my website !

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  • Home | Terry Ganey Studio Art

    Log In TERRY GANEY STUDIO LEARN Are you ready to unleash your inner artist? Do you feel like you lack creativity or want to reignite your passion for creating? Look no further! Join me in my studio for private, one-on-one art lessons and discover the artist within you. Let's bring your artistic vision to life together. Start Now

  • About | Terry Ganey Studio

    ABOUT TERRY GANEY BIOGRAPHY Terry Ganey, a self-taught artist from WIlmington, NC, works in multiple mediums because sometimes just one medium doesn't help her express what she is seeing in her head. ​ Her primary focus is art that is relevant to the Carolinas, including many city and seascapes. ​ She started out working in just acrylics, but since becoming an active member of the Wilmington Chapter of the Urban Sketchers, she has fallen in love with the combination of watercolors and inks. She loves that expressive, illustrative style she can accomplish with lines and washes. ​ Besides working in that classic combo (she loves the challenge of architecture), she loves to paint dramatic seascapes in acrylics and oils. Terry is a member of the Art League of Leland, The Watercolor Society Of NC, and the National Watercolor Society. When in Wilmington, you can visit her studio during open hours in TheArtWorks, which is located in the South Front District or you can reach her via email at ​ Artist Statement I like to create art like a composer writes a moving piece of music. I love the challenge of finding the perfect harmony between the fluid notes of watercolors and the lyrical linework of ink. I love it when my artwork sings of energetic city scenes, stormy seas, or serene landscapes. When my artwork can make someone actually feel the energy and emotion in my creative song, that’s when my heart is happy. Creative Harmony

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